New Delhi, Oct 26 A seven-year-old son of an estranged non-resident Indian (NRI) couple has been recovered from his mother, who was on the run for the past two years with the boy, Central Bureau of Investigation officials said here Sunday.
The woman, Vijayasree Voora, and her son Aditya were presented before the Supreme Court Sunday after they were located by the CBI sleuths in Chennai Saturday.
The CBI officials said Voora and her husband Ravi Chandran separated in 2005 under the orders of a competent court in the US. The family welfare court of the state of New York then granted joint custody of Aditya to his estranged parents.
But two years ago, Voora brought the boy to India defying court orders.
“Ravi Chandran filed a habeas corpus petition for production of his son before the apex court and his restoration to him. The court then issued notices to the respondents for production of the subject child before it but the respondents failed to do so,” a CBI official said here.
In the meantime, Chandran on his part also made efforts to trace the child. He even provided inputs about the possible hideouts of his estranged wife and son from time to time, wherever they were spotted in India.
In pursuance to these inputs, the apex court issued directions to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh police for tracing Aditya and bringing him before it.
However, Voora along with Aditya could not be traced and the matter was entrusted to the CBI two months ago.
The country’s elite investigation agency then issued lookout and alert notices on all-India basis. It declared a cash reward of Rs.100,000 and flashed the bio-data of Voora and her son on its website.
The CBI then managed to trace the boy and his mother from a house in R.A. Puram in Chennai, where they were found living in rented premises for the last one week.
Aditya and his mother have been presented before the court, which would give its ruling Tuesday.